How to network better starts with a thousand words.
Yesterday at my weeklyÂ BNI meeting,Â bright and early at 7:30am. Â One of our members, â€œAndrew Jonesâ€, did his stellar education minutes where he provides tips and insight on how to network better.
This particular tip really resonated with me. Â Itâ€™s a simple yet, powerful strategy that will add a memorable and emotional touch to your future meetings and follow up emails.
Everyone has had a meeting where both parties meet, chat, grab a pint or coffee. Depending on how the meeting goes, there will be a follow up email saying thanks. Â Emails themselves are just strings of text that donâ€™t always do a very good job of expressing thanks or how much we have enjoyed connecting with someone.
How about adding a picture or video?
During one of Andrew’s recent meeting with a friend from Silicon Valley did just that. Â While Andrew and his associate were conversing, the former asked the server to take a picture of them together. Â Quite unusual for a first meeting, you would think so right? Â
After that meeting the associate then wrote a follow up email with that image attached at the bottom of the email saying thanks.Â
What this did was two things. Â
1. Â It made the meeting memorable because thereâ€™s face and a place for your brain to associate with.
It made the meeting very personal; Iâ€™ve not met anyone else whoâ€™ve done this before.
2. Â So next time you are in a meeting or following up with a client, friend, or prospect add a personal touch by adding that photo together or even try communicating with a short video clip saying thanks and how much you enjoyed connecting.
For more tips and insight from Andrew Jones a.k.a “Andrew the Executive Coach”. Â Connect with him atÂ www.andrewtheexecutivecoach.com.